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Welcome to the Raptor Research Center

  • American Kestrel released at sunset

  • Snake River & surrounding canyon in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation Area

  • Silhouette of a Bald Eagle just above the water surface

  • Close-up view of a Golden Eagle

  • Red-Tailed Hawk

Established in 1987, the Raptor Research Center (RRC) supports graduate education for the unique Master of Science in Raptor Biology degree from the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State University. The center conducts research and provides technical assistance about birds of prey and other wildlife. The RRC also provides support for the Intermountain Bird Observatory and the center cooperates with other organizations, such as The Peregrine Fund, that share mutual interests in the basic biology of raptors and the conservation of natural resources.

The Raptor Research Center provides teaching assistantships and research support to graduate students and to faculty associated with the Raptor Biology graduate degree program. Students can conduct research on a variety of topics and species in the laboratory, as local field projects, or in international settings.

Raptor Research Center scientists conduct grant-based research with a variety of wildlife species and diverse conservation issues.

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